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Mar 4, 2014 7:17 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv,com

Family Connection in Cheryl Drive Shooting

CORPUS CHRISTI -Court documents obtained by Action 10 list money as a possible motive behind the Cheryl Drive shooting on February 16th. For the first time, Action 10 News learned about a family connection between the suspects and the victims.

Brendon Gaytan and Cruz Salazar remain behind bars charged with capital murder. Police say Gaytan is the step-brother of 6-year-old Nevaeh Oliva's father, Jose. And that Gaytan was acting out of retaliation the night police believe he and Salazar fired dozen of bullets into the home on Cheryl Drive killing two young girls.

According to the arrest report,two-year-old Lillyanna Valent's father, Arnold, told police he'd stepped outside to bring a stroller when someone parked in the driveway began shooting at the home. Moments before, Valent says he saw 26-year-old Gaytan parked in the driveway.

Valent believes, "Gaytan was retaliating at them".

Court documents describe the crime scene one detective saying "I saw blood on the living room couch, the hallway at the front bedroom and human tissue on the floor, walls, and ceiling in the living room". Inside the home, police found bullets from two guns.

Fatal shots hitting Lillyanna in the head and Nevaeh in the left part of her chest.

Police say employees working at Spohn Memorial Hospital the night of the shooting "overheard the family members yelling 'It was Brendon'"

On Thursday, the day before Salazar and Gaytan were arrested police took statements from an unnamed witness.

The witness told police on February 16th the two men appeared nervous.

A few days later the witness claims they overheard Gaytan on the phone saying he'd "hit up a house" and done "dirt", meaning killed someone because of money stolen or owed to him.

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